stand back

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stand back

  1. (intransitive) To maintain a safe distance from a hazard.
    You had better stand back and let me operate the chainsaw.
  2. (intransitive) To abstain from participation.
    While others debated the proposals, he stood back.
  3. (intransitive, cricket) (of a wicket-keeper) to stand a long way behind the wicket so as to catch balls from a fast bowler


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